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Hungary and french history, Saint-Simon

Hungary and french history, Saint-Simon
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-27
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-11 3:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 27, 2009
Saint-Simon 150215 15130
Cantal Auvergne
44.962 2.492 680 m

Hungary and French history, Saint-Simon. (4 images).

The church Saint-Sigismond, and tower Saint-Géraud. 2 images.
Frescos in aspe of the church.

_The Saint-Sigismond church of the 12th century, restored and rebuilt at the 19th 20th centuries, with re-employment of Romanesque elements. Decorated with FRESCOS of the 21st century.

_The tower Saint-Géraud, old tower of watch and refuge to the Middle Ages, whose ground floor is used as side chapel with the Saint-Simon church, and of bell-tower sheltering a bronze bell of 1535 and two bronze bells of 1816.
This 22 m height square tower, of three stages, which belonged towers depending on the abbey on Aurillac, one of the keeps is best preserved Romanesque time in High-Auvergne.

_Sully, lime planted around 1600 on order of Maximilien de Béthune, duke of Sully, (1559-1641), minister of Henri IV, king of France, (1553-1610).


_GERBERT, born in 938, in the village of Belliac, on the current commune of Saint-Simon, was the first French pope, under the name of SYLVESTRE II from 999 to 1003, the pope of the "An Mille".
Traveller and scholar, considered as the man more cultivated of his time, it knew the geometry, mechanics, astronomy, the music. He travelled much and had an important influence in Europe, where he supported the accession to the throne of Hugues Capet, (born towards 940, dead on October 24th, king of the Francs from 987 to 996), became archbishop of Rheims then of Ravenne, and became pope into 999 thanks to the support of its pupil and friend the Germanic emperor Otton III.
It is him which while giving the “Holy one crowns” with the King of HUNGARY, ETIENNE, is at the origin of the creation of the Hungarian nation.
Etienne 1st of Hungary, first king de Hongrie of the dynasty arpadienne, is the founder of the kingdom of Hungary.

_The President of the Republic of HUNGARY came in 2001 to Saint-Simon, to pay homage to Sylvestre II.
The Hungarian painter GABOR SZINTE, professor in the Art schools of Budapest, realized in the Saint-Sigismond church, frescos to the inaugurated bright colors June 25th, 2005.
Frescos in twelve parts, (eights in the central nave, one on the apse, one on the left vault, two on the right vault, measuring 2.80 meters, are with 5.50 meters above ground, that of the apse occupying 1/4 of sphere).
The frescos describe the life of Gerbert: its childhood around Aurillac, its studies, the education which it gave to the Germanic emperors, its nominations of archbishops then of pope, finally the crowning of Etienne of Hungary.

_938, Birth of Gerbert, son of shepherds, in the village of Belliac, on the current commune of Saint-Simon.
_Monk of the Benedictine abbey Saint-Géraud of Aurillac.
_967 and 970, studies in Spain, in the county of Barcelona, at the cultural points between Europe and the Arab world. Philosopher and mathematician, it supports the introduction and the rise of the Arab numerals in Occident.
_approximately 971, Gerbert is teacher of Otton II in Magdeburg, son of Otton the Large one, emperor of Occident.
_982, Gerbert d' Aurillac becomes abbot of Bobbio, at the bottom of the Apennines.
_987, Gerbert is present at the crowning of Hugues Capet, the first sovereign of the dynasty capétienne.
_991, Gerbert becomes bishop of Rheims.
_998, Gerbert is elected bishop of Ravenne.
_999, Gerbert is named pope.
_1000, Gerbert gives to a Hungarian delegation, the “holy one crowns”, for the crowning of Etienne of Hungary in Esztergom.
_1003, It dies.

Saint-Simon is a french commune, located in the department of the Cantal of the Auvergne area, populated of 1018 Saint-Simonians in 1999, divided out of 27 km², that is to say 38 hab./km².

The jordane river crosses Saint-Simon, passing under a bridge of the 12th century.
The commune is made up of the hamlets of Belliac, Boussac, Lasvergnes, Rouffiac, SSaint-Jean-de-Dône, and Oyez.

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Bonjour Joël,
as always - very interesting photos in the Workshop, interesting information about the place!
COmposition-wise, very good, too! (though maybe I might crop 1-1,5cm on the left and add the same on the right... but.. that's just my opinion)
Excellent light management, lovely soft natural colours :)

Your photos, in combination with your Notes to photos, can become a textbook of History! do you happen to be a fan of History? I used to be... until linguistics "outweighed"!
Warmest greetings from Moscow,
and wishes of a nice Sunday!

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6090 W: 277 N: 11813] (91044)
  • [2009-10-11 4:02]

Bonjour joel ,
PAs évident le cadrage . Les petits arbres nouvellement plantés et leurs tuteurs gênent un peu . MAis pour nous montrer cette belle église et le magnifique tilleul séculaire , tu n'avais pas le choix . Des couleurs très naturelles .

Hello Joël,
A fine composition of this splendid church and the equally splendid old tree; makes for a well balanced image. The shadow play across the foreground grass provides an additional point of interest. Very good natural looking colours and and sharpness and good stitch work. Bravo!

Salut Joël!
C'est un boulot photographique excellent!
Le format carré, le point de vue et surtout la compo sont chouettes! La netteté, la gestion de la lumière et les couleurs sont très bonnes! J'adore l'architecture de cette église-là et ce grand arbre à la gauche!
Merci beaucoup de ce partage!

Bonjour Joël,

L'assemblage des quatre photos donne une belle image. Les arbres cadrent bien l'église. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et bles couleurs de l,architecture de l'église Saint-Simon. Ce beau ciel envoie une lumière qui rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bon dimanche.


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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2009-10-11 5:43]

Hallo Joel!
Here I like the composition very much! this huge tree is a wonderful counterpoint to the church and creates an excellent balance. This must be a worth-visiting place - and a special one, considering all this history. Again a contribution in terms of TE!
Greetings from wet and grey Germany!

This is a great shot of this stone church which is well framed by the trees. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has nice sharpness. The off center placement of the church works well with the tree providing balance for the building.

Hi Joel,
this is a real surprise, we may discover one of the important details of the Hungarian (Magyar) history. We may read a very interesting note from Szent István (Saint Etienne), he was the first crowned king of the country, he led the conversion of pagan Magyars to Christianity. István took power in 997 and according to tradition he was crowned king in the year 1000. His coronation was held with the approval of Emperor Otto III, and a crown was sent to Hungary by Pope Sylvester II. This is a very interesting photo with splendid note, very well balanced composition. The colours and lights are very nice. Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14063 W: 0 N: 16135] (171592)
  • [2009-10-11 9:08]

Hello Joël,

Quel tilleul séculaire, merveilleux, avec la belle égllise, superbe image, le cadrage n'a pas été facile, mais c'est comme toujour la perfection, superbe ensmeble.

bravoe t amitié


Bonsoir Joel,

Une magnifique composition ou les couleurs et netteté sont parfaite.
L'architecture de cette église est superbe. Je trouve l'arbre de gauche extraordinaire.
Très beau travail photographique.


Bonsoir Joel.
Le régard passe de la beauté de l'architecture à l'imposance du tilleul.
Image bien composée et bien composée.
Bien vu.
Amicalement, Bobo.

Ah Joël, quel bel endroit!
Et cet arbre trace vivante du passé, une merveille... s'il pouvait raconter ce qu'il a vu!

Merci pour cette photo


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11903 W: 126 N: 21532] (110323)
  • [2009-10-11 14:26]

Salut Joel,ta classe dans l'arreter ce moment a ete' extraordinaire,la composition est magnifique mais en plus on peu ecouter le vent parmi les feuilles.Couleurs et nettete' excellents,mes compliments et bonne semaine,LUCIANO

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9354] (52987)
  • [2009-10-11 14:36]

Hi Joel,
excellent view over this church and the mighty tree next to it.
Good light.
regards, Gerrit

Ciao Joel,
come sempre una splendida immagine accompagnata da dei bei ws e ottime ed interessanti note.
mi piace questa composizione con l'albero sulla sinistra a fare da cornice a questa splendida chiesa.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2009-10-11 23:50]

Bonjour Joel,
another interesting place in France and presentation. Good 3 images and note. Beautiful interior and architecture of church. Solid work.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 887 W: 76 N: 2602] (12141)
  • [2009-10-12 2:58]

What a fabulous ancient old tree Joel (the church looks good too). good colour and composition.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2009-10-12 3:09]

Tres beau motif, Joel, avec le fort soutient de ta note qui determine l'importance de ton idee. Belle, belle realisation comme tu nous habitues. Merci ami!


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 0 N: 531] (4028)
  • [2009-10-12 14:10]

Bonsoir joel,

Excellente présentation de cette église avec cette imposant arbre. Un chef d'oeuvre de composition, trés belle couleurs et clarté. Image bien nette et belle profondeur de champs, du bon travail.
Une bonne semaine .

Hi Joel,
What a big tree with small leaves, it is just look like a big bonsai, lovely old church and old architectures beside the church, sunlight and shadows add extra effect, thanks for sharing WS too.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4788 W: 618 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2009-10-18 22:15]

Bonjour Joël
La compo est bien équilibrée entre l'arbre immense et cette église décentrée. La lumière est bonne et les couleurs ont un aspect naturel.
Un bel endroit bien présenté.
Mes amitiés

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